Sacramento, CA – Today Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) issued the following statement commemorating the 45th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon:
Today we remember the darkest day in Vietnamese history, the day Saigon fell, a day now known as “Black April”. On April 30, 1975, millions of Vietnamese people were displaced by the tyranny that ensued, an oppressive regime that stripped the people of their basic human rights of freedom and democracy. With no choice and nothing left to lose, tens of thousands braved the stormy seas to find refuge anywhere they could. For many, this journey across the Pacific led them to settle right here in Southern California.
Each year, a solemn memorial is held on Black April by Vietnamese communities across the nation. It commemorates the countless men and women who fought and died in the Vietnam War. It honors the courage and resilience of the Vietnamese people who’ve successfully built their lives overseas despite the odds, and who continue to contribute to the livelihood of their new homeland. This day reminds us all that the basic rights of freedom and democracy we have here in America should never be taken for granted.
To the Vietnamese community, I commend you for your strength and success, and I join you in decrying any authoritarian rule that denies human dignity. I would like you to know that you are safe here, and know that the American people appreciate you, honor you, and that we stand with you.